Zomato, the popular restaurant discovery service, expands further into the Middle East; launches in Lebanon

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Zomato, the popular restaurant search and discovery service, has expanded further into the Middle East with the launch of its Lebanon section. Zomato covers over 3,800 restaurants in Beirut and is available on web and mobile (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry).

Zomato provides detailed information for over 3,800 restaurants, making it the most exhaustive social restaurant discovery service in Beirut for anyone looking to dine out, get food delivered, or order takeaway. One can browse through restaurant information, read and write restaurant reviews, share pictures, and build a personal network of people whose opinions they trust. It also offers an exciting prospect for business owners to reach out to and engage with a highly targeted audience. Zomato’s award-winning mobile app allows users to discover restaurants around them based on their physical location, in addition to providing information for all restaurants in the city.

Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO of Zomato said, “We’re excited to include Lebanon in our growing list of global cities. The Middle East is a very promising market for us and we plan to foray into more cities in the region over the next twelve months. Beginning today, people across Beirut can read restaurant reviews, discover places to eat at in the city and share their food journey’s within their network.”

Karl Baz, Country Manager, Zomato Lebanon, said, “This is an exciting phase for us. We believe that we can disrupt restaurant discovery in Lebanon with our rich content-driven model. We believe that Zomato will change the way people look for restaurant recommendations around them, whether they’re looking for the best Mezzeh or the most popular sushi joint. We’re excited to bring Zomato to Lebanon and help the folks here find great places to eat. I was a big Zomato fan in Dubai and every time I visited Lebanon I couldn’t find a single online resource to help me make dining or delivery choices. Well, here it is.”

Users can access all restaurant information on Zomato’s website available at www.zomato.com or download Zomato’s free mobile app. Business owners can explore the full potential of how Zomato can help them grow their business at www.zomato.com/business.

Zomato plans to further expand its reach across Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Americas, in the coming months.

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Some facts about Zomato
• Zomato employs over 800 people across 18 countries.
• Zomato announced, last year, a USD 37 million round of funding from Sequoia Capital and existing investors Info Edge. This has taken Zomato’s total funding to over USD 53 million.
• Available across web and mobile, Zomato sees over 30 million visits across its web and mobile platforms every month. Traffic has grown by over 300% in the past year. More than half of Zomato’s traffic is seen on its mobile apps – testimony to the fact that local search is moving to mobile very fast.
• Zomato has acquired 4 companies globally in the recent past. These acquisitions include MenuMania in New Zealand, Lunchtime in the Czech Republic, Obedovat in Slovakia, and Gastronauci in Poland.

About Zomato
Zomato is an online and mobile restaurant search and discovery service, providing in-depth information for over 280,000 restaurants across 18 countries. Zomato’s core content features include scanned menus, photos, and geocoded coordinates for restaurants; users can rate and review restaurants, as well as create their own network of foodies for personalised recommendations.

Zomato currently serves over 30 million monthly visitors globally, who use the website and mobile apps to search for places to go out for a meal, get home delivery, catch up at a cafe, or enjoy the local nightlife. A highly targeted platform makes it convenient for restaurateurs to interact effectively with customers searching for dining options.

Zomato was founded in 2008. The company is present in over 100 cities across Lebanon, UAE, Turkey, Canada, the UK, New Zealand, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, South Africa, Philippines, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Qatar, and India.